Tuesday, January 25, 2011

C.S. Lewis and The Rival Conceptions of God

Clive Staples Lewis
Prior to our nifty little finals week, we were in the midst of reading a series of arguments grouped around ethical issues. As you may remember, they were all assembled by the lovely editors of the 6th edition of the McGraw-Hill Reader except for On Compassion, which I tossed in the mix. I think it's an interesting amalgam thus far, dealing with issues of how to solve the issue of world poverty, what to do about the death penalty, how we form our ethical and moral systems from a young age, where morality comes from, the state of morality today, and the source of human compassion.

Tonight take a moment to reread The Rival Conceptions of God, excerpted from his work The Case for Christianity (originally a series of lectures if memory serves). Please blog the 6 rhetoric questions following the essay that you started?/finished? in class today.

Many of those who have blogged so far don't seem to have read the whole post. Not a good start to second semester in a class where close reading is so important! So, also read the red text below.

Then take a moment and identify the primary warrant Lewis relies on in this essay. Given that, which of the essays in the packet thus far does he have the most in common? Explain.

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